While I think most of my child's behavior is devastatingly cute (proudly showing off the contents of the toilet bowl during their potty training), I imagine an adult acting the same way and, well, I'm repulsed. Then there are times when my children act in a way that just weirds me out completely (like wanting to plant their baby brother in the ground to grow more babies). I have to remind myself that there are creepy things kids do that just mean they’re curious. After all, they're constantly testing their limits, figuring out what’s possible or, in my case at least, seeing what it will take to completely humiliate me in front of other people who are without a doubt judging me for my kids’ bizarre behavior.
My fears are assuaged when I talk to other parents, though, and hear their horror stories that detail the awkward moments when their kids have pulled some strange stunt. What I’ve noticed, with my kids anyway, is that this behavior isn’t chronic. It’s like, once they see the result of whatever strangeness they’re stirring up, they file that away and move on to the next thing. Live and learn. Well, live, learn and embarrass mom (and not necessarily in that order).
So, if you’re curiously worried as to what could possibly be motivating your kid's creepy behavior, take solace in the fact that it’s likely because they’re just curious. We’ve all dropped breath mints into soda, just to see if it would cause an explosion. You never really grow out of that curiosity, I guess. Luckily, my kids have outgrown these creepy things they've done out of inquisitiveness: